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Adding Secondary Homepage

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  • We are trying to add a primary and secondary home page for our users.  Unfortunately "Disable changing home page settings" cannot be used with "Disable changing secondary home page settings".  Our goal is to have our specified home page tabs open each time IE is launched.  These two tabs must be placed in #1 & #2 order.  Some people have suggested login scripts but this needs to occur every time IE is opened.  Any suggestions on how to accomplish this would be helpful.

    Thank You,

    Eric

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013 4:34 PM

Answers

  • Option #1

    Use Group Policy Preferences and add  under:

    User Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Internet Settings:

    Right click and add an object for what ever version of IE you are using. Add the home page settings in the proper location (be sure to hit F5 to enable your setting).

    I just tested this and it worked fine in my environment (2008R2, IE9).

    Option #2

    Multiple homepages are kept in the following registry keys:
    Start Page (1st Tab): HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
    Secondary Pages (Other Tabs): HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Secondary Start Pages

    You can add a GP preference and set this as a registry entry.


    Charlie Newman

    • Proposed as answer by ChazNewman Tuesday, December 31, 2013 8:37 PM
    • Marked as answer by seag33k Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:17 PM
    Tuesday, December 31, 2013 6:43 PM
  • Hi,

    Yes, the Group Policy refresh interval policy setting also applies to Preference. For details about how to configure the refresh interval time, please refer to the following article.

    Group Policy refresh interval for computers

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc940895.aspx

    Hope it helps.

    Best Regards,

    Andy Qi

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  • What is your AD environment (2003, 2008, 2012)?

    Charlie Newman

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013 6:07 PM
  • Option #1

    Use Group Policy Preferences and add  under:

    User Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Internet Settings:

    Right click and add an object for what ever version of IE you are using. Add the home page settings in the proper location (be sure to hit F5 to enable your setting).

    I just tested this and it worked fine in my environment (2008R2, IE9).

    Option #2

    Multiple homepages are kept in the following registry keys:
    Start Page (1st Tab): HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
    Secondary Pages (Other Tabs): HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Secondary Start Pages

    You can add a GP preference and set this as a registry entry.


    Charlie Newman

    • Proposed as answer by ChazNewman Tuesday, December 31, 2013 8:37 PM
    • Marked as answer by seag33k Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:17 PM
    Tuesday, December 31, 2013 6:43 PM
  • We have a 2008 environment.
    Tuesday, December 31, 2013 8:02 PM
  • I was able to get the second option to work with an exception. Users are able to change their homepage settings. If I enable Disable changing home page settings, the secondary pages won't work. If we leave this as is, how often do systems check in with GPOs? Will the users system not check in if the GPO hasn't been changed? If we can be assured that once the system checks in, the homepage settings will be reapplied that might be ok with management. Thanks!
    Tuesday, December 31, 2013 8:38 PM
  • Group Policy preference can't be enforced in the traditional Group Policy settings method, where the user interface to change a value is disabled. However, it is possible to configure Group Policy preferences to re-apply themselves at each Group Policy refresh. You can set a configuration using Group Policy preferences and the user can change it, but after the next Group Policy refresh (default is every 90 minutes), the preference will be applied again. This is actually the default behavior.

    Here is a good article on what Group Policy Preferences can and cannot do:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg699429.aspx


    Charlie Newman

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013 8:47 PM
  • Thank you.  The article states - Can be refreshed or applied once.  Were can we set the refresh rate? Can it be per GPO? or will it have to be site wide? I do see mention that the default is every 90 mins with a 30 min offset, but does this apply to preferences as well?

    Might of found the interval setting here:

    User Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Template -> System -> Group Policy

    - Group Policy refresh interval for computers

    Eric




    • Edited by seag33k Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:32 PM
    Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:04 PM
  • Hi,

    Yes, the Group Policy refresh interval policy setting also applies to Preference. For details about how to configure the refresh interval time, please refer to the following article.

    Group Policy refresh interval for computers

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc940895.aspx

    Hope it helps.

    Best Regards,

    Andy Qi

    TechNet Subscriber Support

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    Andy Qi
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